Former WBC and WBA super welterweight champion Canelo Alvarez and WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara will lock horns July 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“It is amazing the attention this fight is receiving,’’ said Golden Boy President and boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya in a press release. “Why? This is a fight that can possibly be the Fight of the Year. You have Lara, the champion who nobody wants to fight because he’s dangerous.”
Canelo, of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, brings a 43-1-1 record with 31 KOs into the bout. Lara, a former Cuban national, holds a record of 19-1-2, with 12 KOs.
“I took this fight because the fans wanted it, and after I kept reading and hearing interviews with Lara about how badly he wanted this fight,’’ Canelo said. “He said some bad things about me on Twitter and social media. I’m a Mexican, and I know all the tricks. You can’t say the kinds of things he said. So I’m going to please the fans and myself by fighting him.”
The fighters will square off in a 12-round clash.
“I’ve never tried this hard to get a fight, and actually get it like I did for this one,” said Lara. “I went to extreme measures, doing things I’ve never done before. I’m a pretty laid-back guy, but I did everything I could to challenge him and make people, the fans and the media demand that he fight me.